The boy from the viral clip can be seen singing in Punjabi at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, Pakistan. | Picture credit: Twitter/@TheSkandar
The boy from the viral clip can be seen singing in Punjabi at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, Pakistan. | Picture credit: Twitter/@TheSkandar
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New Delhi: A young boy at Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan has a strong message for PM Imran Khan. And he is singing it with words like kasai and shaitaan. From “yeh banda kasaayi hai… (This man is a butcher)” to “banya firda hai kaptaan, yeh shaitaan da bhai hai… (He roams around like a captain but is actually devil’s brother)” — the boy’s comical take on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s songTabdeeli Aayi Re’ was peppered with his anguish towards PM Khan.

In a video clip that went viral on Friday, the boy could be seen singing in Punjabi, a dedication he readily offered to croon, at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, Pakistan.


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What lies beyond lyrics for Imran Khan

In the one minute, forty-seven second-long video, the boy channelled his frustration with the ruling government as he cited people’s ongoing struggle with rising inflation.

After equating Khan to a ‘choro ka sardar’ (head of thieves), he criticised the ‘tabdeeli‘ (change in power) that transformed the former cricketer into the supreme figure in the country.

He went on to describe the Pakistan PM as an ‘elder brother’ to Punjab minister Abdul Aleem Khan and a ‘younger brother’ to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Khan Tareen. Tareen was reportedly one of the top politicians accused in the sugar scandal, ‘one of the biggest scams’ under the PTI government. Last year, Khan ordered a three-member commission to probe the price hike of sugar during January 2020. In a preliminary report, the commission revealed that the sugar mills of the aforementioned politicians were among beneficiaries of the scam. It comes as no surprise that the kid calls Tareen a ‘cheeni chor’.

In the next few lines, he goes on to share how his sister and brother reassure him and hope Imran Khan pays for his ‘deeds’.


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From ‘praises’ to appeal for ‘Oscar’

Within minutes, the boy from Lahore was winning the Internet, with Twitter users gushing over his melodious performance, including South Asian political and military affairs scholar at Georgetown University, Christine Fair.

 

A Twitter user was quick to claim that the child’s name was Ali Haider, and that he hailed from Chungi Amar Sidhu in Lahore. His family is reportedly battling financial problems, resulting in young Ali expressing his ‘anger’ through his satirical poem.

 

Another user hoped for the kid to ‘go places’ and hopefully, not get into trouble for taking Imran Khan-government to the task. While others even endorsed him for ‘Oscar’ as opposed to The Grammys, given away for singing.

 

One Asad Ali Toor took this opportunity to express his dissent towards the incumbent government. “Qayamat tu aa sakti hai 2023 mein but Imran Khan nahi aa sakta iktedar mein.. (Doomsday can arrive in 2023 but Imran Khan must not come to power again)” — he tweeted in Urdu.

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